Officer, firefighter injured in ‘melee’ at Meriden home, 3 arrested

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Christopher GarciaMERIDEN – Backup officers were called in to secure that paramedics were safe after responding to call at a home where 15 people ended up fighting on the front lawn Wednesday.

Police said that EMS responded to reports of an unconscious 77-year-old woman on Orient Street and they began to administer CPR on her.

According to police, irate family members began physically fighting to the point where EMS personnel felt threatened and called for the police. When an officer arrived on scene, they found 15 people fighting on the front porch and lawn.
Jermey Garcia
The officer quickly made sure that EMS personnel were not injured when police said Jeremy and Christopher Garcia charged at the officer with their fists clenched. The officer deployed pepper spray. A second officer arrived shortly after and both men remained aggressive, despite being pepper sprayed, police said.

Jeremy Garcia jumped off the porch and punched the backup officer in the face, according to police, significantly injuring the officer’s eye.

More backup officers were called to respond to  what police described as a “completely out of control melee.”

Jeremy and Christopher Garcia were both arrested and charged with first-degree rioting, assault on a police officer, and interfering with police. Both are being held on $100,000 bail.
Carlos Matias
A third man, Carlos Matias, was also arrested and forcibly taken into custody. He was charged with second-degree breach of peace and interfering with police and held on $25,000 bail.

The injured officer remains off the job with a serious eye injury, according to police. A firefighter who responded was also injured, according to the fire department.

The woman reported to be suffering from cardiac arrest died.